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Main Street cruisers get "green light"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A special event in Springfield that once had the city saying a "special events" permit was needed got a "green light" from city hall to go on as planned.

"We never asked city hall for a dime, just want to be left alone," said John Wells who helps coordinate the monthly event that features people cruising down Main Street in their classic cars.

This month the cruising will be part of something national, the "Great Race" that features classic cars traveling from Maine to Florida. They will be rolling into Jacksonville and Springfield on Saturday, June 28.

Wells says the city initially said the event would need a special events permit because more than 500 people would attend. With the permit comes regulations and oversight.

On Thursday the mayor's Chief of Staff Chris Hand got involved when informed the community event that brought Springfield together once a month might not happen.

Hand said he was satisfied in talking to Wells that a band and stage would be on private property. He said the organization will get a stage from the city for the event.

Wells who feared the June event would have to be canceled was pleased with the outcome.

"We really don't have a lot of money to do things because we don't charge anybody for anything," said Wells.


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